Opportunity on flipside
Saturday, 26th May, 2018
By Emily Ferguson
Selina LaRovere-Nagas, owner of Globe Home Timber and Hardware Broken Hill, is disappointed with the closure of Big W but is encouraging the community to remain positive.
Globe Home Timber and Hardware has been on its current site since 2011 and has about 20 employees at the store, a combination of casual and full time workers. A former Big W employee is beginning work at Globe in the coming weeks.
“It’s always very disappointing when a business of any sort closes in Broken Hill, obviously our thoughts are always with the staff that lose their jobs which is something you don’t wish on anyone,” Selena said.
“From a business perspective, how we look at it from now on really defines us as a community, what we stand for,” she said.
“You can look at these things very differently and if we take the positive side of things, which I think we need to do as a community when something like this happens, there are lots of positives that come from it.
“You’ve got a very good space in an excellent location that becomes available, which means the possibility of a new store that the town might love.
“It also means the possibility of another existing business that’s on a smaller format that might see a real good opportunity to expand and offer more.
“There’s the flipside where other businesses can see gaps now and really should be thinking hard and being brave, I suppose to go out and offer what’s now gone because it was a huge demand.
“That was a very good turnover store, it wasn’t a struggling store so its proven demand and we have to act quickly because we don’t want online spending increasing, we don’t want out of town spending.”
Selena believes that the employees of Big W should look at the positives and that this could be the push they needed to embark on a new career path.
“Maybe there are a few people out there that this has given them the opportunity to look at something else in their life that they’ve really wanted to do but didn’t quite have the guts to do it.
“I think a lot of businesses will see an increase in trade, the important thing is to make sure that you’re competitive and you’re offering the same if not better product that they did.”
For Selena the key is for businesses to put themselves out there and remind the community that local businesses are here, as opposed to shopping online or out of town.
“Of course some things you just can’t get here but as a business we really appreciate someone coming to us first and giving us the chance at least to offer that product to them,” she said.
“We are competitive, people think that we can’t be competitive with online trade but we’ve got a lot of products in store that I can guarantee are cheaper than what you could get anywhere in Australia online.
Globe has always had a gardening department, but has slowly increases it offer over the years.
“We as a business, regardless of any other shut down or whatever, are always analysing each department, and garden is something that is on our mind always, and we do see demand for it, and it’s something we seriously consider and look at all the time,” Selina said.
“The most important thing is out of every negative there is a positive and as a community we need to always be flipping the coin and looking at it from the other perspective.”